Editor's Note: Who wouldn't kill for a Cox Bloc flashback? Well, Godd Till doesn't want you to shed any blood so here is one without any prompting.
Congratulations to Bruce Dowbiggin and his grainy, Geocities headshot for being the first mittenstringer to take a crack at Dion Phaneuf. Today he lit into the newest Leaf godhead for his wooden media persona. The money quote:
It will be crucial for him – and for Toronto GM Brian Burke – that Phaneuf mature beyond the LaLoosh media clone if he's to fulfill his enormous potential and be considered a Norris Trophy candidate once more.
There you have it: Phaneuf's return to Norris form isn't about fixing his defensive lapses or regaining his goalscoring form, it's about whether he can learn to play pattycake with the Michael Landsbergs and Howard Bergers of the world.
Hey Bruce, for the thousandth time - we don't care about your job. A player's performance has absolutely nothing to do with whether he gives you the soundbites you like. Obviously we want players to treat the people they talk to with respect but beyond that, I'll take a grumpy Phaneuf over a Johnny Goodquote like Paul Maurice any day, thanks. William Houston knew he was reporting on the stories - you think you are the story. You're not. Kudos for waiting till Wednesday to rip the kid though, that must have been agonizing.